United comeback keeps title betting tight

Ladbrokes had quoted odds of 8/1 on United scoring from a penalty

Manchester United’s comeback from 3-0 down to salvage a point at Stamford Bridge on Sunday makes then the 7/4 second-favourites to retain the Premier League title according to bookmaker Ladbrokes.

Chelsea took a three-goal lead through Juan Mata, David Luiz and a Rio Ferdinand own goal, but United fought back through two controversial penalty decisions, that were each converted by Wayne Rooney, and a Javier Hernandez header to earn a 3-3 draw that was backed at odds of 50/1 with Ladbrokes before kick-off.

The Magic Sign bookmaker had offered to refund losing first goalscorer bets if Fernando Torres scored anytime during the match, and were left holding their breath as the Spaniard closed in on goal with the score at 3-2. But the £50 million man hesitated and fluffed his lines, saving the bookmaker from a five-figure payout.

“It looks like Torres is still our best friend. But United like to leave it late and today was no exception, it's left us with an unexpected headache after Chelsea dominated the first half,” said Jessica Bridge of Ladbrokes.

With Howard Webb in charge of the game Ladbrokes had quoted odds of 8/1 on United scoring from a penalty, and just for good measure they did so twice.

Manchester City, who were 3-0 winners over Fulham earlier in the weekend, are now back in to odds of 1/2 for the Premier League title. Chelsea are out to 125/1 and Arsenal are 200/1 despite their 7-1 mauling of Blackburn. Tottenham can close the gap between themselves and the leaders to five points this evening and are quoted at 14/1 for the title.

Written By:- Jaymes Monte (About our Authors)
Posted on:- 06/02/2012 - 11:26 AM
Filed in:- Premier League Betting News, Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea


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